A checklist for forklift inspections should include vehicle cleanliness, proper fluid levels, seat belts and operator restraint devices functioning with no signs of damage or wear and tear, and that all vehicle mechanisms including forks are operating smoothly, according to KeyTroller. Wheels must be free of cracks, and vehicle caretakers must inflate tires properly. Horns and other warning devices must be loud enough to hear during work periods. Truck operators should perform visual and operational checks before starting their vehicles.
When cleaning forklifts, vehicle caretakers should use materials that do not catch on fire or burn, notes KeyTroller. During visual checks of forklifts, inspectors should make sure the batteries do not have loose connections, exposed wires or clogged vent caps and that brackets secure the batteries. Inspectors should look for signs of fluid leaking from hoses, engines, radiators and cylinders.
During operational checks of forklifts, inspectors should ensure that a vehicle's clutch and gears do not jerk or jump when shifting and all the displays on the dashboard operate correctly, states KeyTroller. Inspectors should confirm that all steering, tilting and lifting mechanisms are functioning smoothly, and should listen for unusual noises. The forklift checklist should include inspecting the foot brake, parking brake and deadman seat brake before an operator drives the machinery.